Play Doh Connect Four

Play Doh Connect Four is a fun activity that was created by Marie Logan, an Occupational Therapist with UAB Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic.  This activity is a great way to combine the benefits of using play doh, and the fun of playing connect four while working on hand, wrist, and forearm skills.  In order to play you need to have two different colors of play doh and a vertical surface to stick the play doh onto. To start playing the game, you {Read More}

Using Motor Skills While Making Ice Cream

We have a challenge this summer to make things and experiment with making different stuff.  We decided to start off our challenge with making ice cream, and the first type of ice cream that we made only needs 3 ingredients, some ziplock baggies, ice, salt, and physical activity. Ingredients: 1/2 cup of heavy cream 1 tablespoon of sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla You also need ice, 1/3 cup of salt, 2 small baggies, and 2 large baggies. You first pour {Read More}

Movement Break with a Bungee Chair

I have kids in higher grades like middle school and high school who are in need of some extreme movement, but a trampoline or ball is not the right tool for them, and does not work in their setting.  These Bungee Chairs give some good movement, and a student could still participate in class at the same time. Check out the video of some good movement happening.  I am going to try this with a couple of kids who have {Read More}

The Need for Nature

In our crazy lives of work, school, computer, TV, and weekend activities, sometimes I feel like we are not getting our essential dose of nature. Life gets crazy and hectic, and we get stressed and over whelmed. I could have had a difficult week of what feels like non-stop working and feeling stressed. I then will go for a simple walk in nature, and I look around and breathe in the smells of trees and fresh dirt, and I realize {Read More}

Multi Position Writing Activity

This week I wanted to incorporate some targeted fine motor and hand strengthening in our sessions, and then follow up with some writing tasks. I used the foam letter squares that I made for the pool writing activity. I spread all of the foam letters on the floor and gave each student a color to get, a munchy ball, and a set of training chopsticks. Starting our activity on the floor puts the kids into many different positions to work {Read More}